Rose Hill Drive: Rose Hill Drive
PopMatters Interviews Editor
Don’t say I didn’t warn ya. Having listened to the promo EP from Rose Hill Drive earlier in the year, the band reeked of blues-rock influences and very little else. You can’t fault a band for trying real hard to make a classic album the first time out (the Meet the Beatles-aping cover, the “ellipsis suite” of songs right in the middle, the 7-minute rock epic “Reptilian Blue”, etc.), but you can fault them for not bringing a single original idea to the table. The band works best when they’re at slow speed (like the lovely stripped-down acoustic ballad “It’s Simple”—how ironic), but when they’re blaring through the sub-Stones guitar noodling, you simply have to hold down your fast-forward button to get to anything beyond dull. (Worse yet, their EP featured an “EP-only” track called “Intruder” where they displayed a fantastic mastery of rock dynamics—and of course, they leave it off their full-length; how very unfortunate).
Evan Sawdey began contributing to PopMatters in late 2005 after contributing for years to his college newspaper The Knox Student
. Evan became the Associate Interviews Editor for PopMatters in the summer of 2008, and then the full Interviews Editor a year after that. Since joining, Evan's work has been written for and been quoted/featured in a wide array of publications including SLUG Magazine, The Metro (U.K.), Soundvenue Magazine (Denmark), the Daily Dot, and multiple national newspapers. Evan has been a guest on WNYC's Soundcheck (an NPR affiliate), was the Executive Producer for the Good With Words: A Tribute to Benjamin Durdle
album (available for free at GoodWithWordsAlbum.com
), and wrote the liner notes for the 2011 re-release of Andre Cymone's hit 1985 album A.C.
(Big Break Records) and the 2012 re-releases of Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder's standalone 1985 pop effort
(Virgin/Gold Legion), the JoBoxers' 1983 debut album Like Gangbusters
, 'Til Tuesday's 1985 debut Voices Carry
, and Plastic Bertrand's 1978 album AN 1
(all Hot Shot Records). He is a current member of The Recording Academy and resides in Chicago, Illinois. You can follow him @SawdEye
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